Online Talk with Joan Nestle - Honoring Lesbian-Queer Archiving

We are very honored to host an online Live Talk with Joan Nestle on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Joan Nestle, born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York, is a feminist Jewish fem and working-class Lesbian. She co-founded the famous Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) in the early 1970s in New York, which was around the same time as the Spinnboden Lesbenarchiv in Berlin was founded. Furthermore she had numerous publications since the early 1980s on fem(me)ness, fem(me)/butch dynamics, genderqueerness, and sex-positive feminism, which all laid milestones for the generations following, making an enormously valuable contribution to Lesbian communities and beyond. She lives with her partner in Melbourne, Australia.

In the conversation, Joan Nestle will be joined by newly LHA coordinator Melissa Connelly. We want to talk about the Lesbian Herstory Archives past and present but also focus on Joan Nestle’s work and her influence on German-speaking Lesbian-queer communities.

The conversation will be moderated by Franziska Rauchut, who studied journalism and communication studies, political science and English studies in Berlin. She is the scientific coordinator of the Digital German Women’s Archive. Her research focuses on feminist theory and critique of science, gender and queer studies, and critical media studies. She has already organized several events for Spinnboden Lesbenarchiv, where she always shares her enthusiasm for queer-feminist issues and looks for their potentials for emancipatory politics.

Melissa Connelly is an art historian, poet, and archivist whose scholarship ranges from investigating Netherlandish still-life paintings and early modern depictions of corporal punishment to surveying feminist street art in Latin America, developing a methodology for researching feminist print culture in the digital age, and underscoring the importance of women’s „craft“ in the Feminist Arts Movement. She mostly works with the photo collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, cataloging and creating albums of Lesbian lives and activism. An M.F.A. candidate, she is a teaching fellow for undergraduate poetry writing at Columbia University. From Georgia, she now lives in Brooklyn with her cat and way too many books.

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05. März 2022 (11.00 Uhr )

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Lara Ledwa